New York Knicks Could Tell Stoudemire 'Bench or Trade'

By A.J. Speier

With the way the New York Knicks have been playing lately, who could them if they decided to shed Amar’e Stoudemire’s salary by making a trade.

Stoudemire has yet to play in a season where the Knicks find themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference Standings with an 11-4 record and a capable replacement at power forward in Carmelo Anthony.

Although Anthony has been starting at small forward for the last three games, the Knicks have showed they still prefer to keep him at power forward. Kurt Thomas has been starting at power forward, but Steve Novak has been getting increased playing time at small forward coming off of the bench, allowing Anthony to stay at power forward.

As a result, there are rumors that Stoudemire might come off of the bench when he returns from injury because his defensive style of game is similar to Tyson Chandler and his offensive style is similar to Anthony.

“If he’s coming off the bench, I think that means he’s going to be one of the best players in the second rotation in the NBA and it’s going to be a mismatch problem across the board,” Ronnie Brewer said. “Either way, it can’t be a bad problem for Coach Woody.”

Making Stoudemire come off of the bench would be a great idea for the Knicks except for the fact that they’re paying him nearly $20 million to sit on the bench.

Along with the rumors of Stoudemire coming off of the bench, there are also rumors that he could get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol. Stoudemire would be a better fit in Lakers head Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system given his experience with him and Steve Nash on the Phoenix Suns.

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